In the Second Presidential Debate, Scant Mention of Medicare, Social Security

President Obama and Mitt Romney, his Republican challenger in the 2012 presidential election, met tonight for the second of three debates, but three issues of critical importance to older Americans — Medicare, Social Security and the new health care law — earned only scant mentions. The 90-minute debate, in a “town hall” format that featured questions from audience members, was on the campus of  Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., and moderated by CNN’s Candy Crowley. Here are excerpts on those …

Fact Check: Martha Raddatz Got It Wrong on Medicare and Social Security

“Let’s talk about Medicare and entitlements. Both Medicare and Social Security are going broke and taking a larger share of the budget in the process. Will benefits for Americans under these programs have to change for the programs to survive? — Martha Raddatz, vice presidential debate, Oct. 11, 2012 It’s a given that political candidates will misrepresent facts and spin them to their own advantage. That’s what we’ve come to expect when candidates meet face-to-face for a debate. Watching a …

Presidential Debate #1: Obama and Romney on Medicaid

Debate #1 moderator Jim Lehrer devoted a segment to the national debt. The discussion turned to Medicaid. Obama on Medicaid Romney on Medicaid See also: Presidential Debate #1: Obama, Romney on Medicare Presidential Debate #1: Obama, Romney on the health care law Join the online discussion Election 2012 Debate Season

Presidential Debate #1: Obama and Romney on the Health Care Law

Debate #1 moderator Jim Lehrer devoted a segment to the health care law. Here are some of the highlights. Romney on the health care law Obama on the health care law See also: •    Presidential Debate #1: Obama, Romney on Medicare •    Presidential Debate #1: Obama, Romney on Medicaid •    Join the online discussion Election 2012 Debate Season

5 Ways to Stay Out of the Presidential Debate Spin Cycle

With President Obama holding a narrow lead in the polls and looking to close the sale, and challenger Mitt Romney searching for a game-changing big play, the stakes in this year’s presidential debates are probably even higher than usual. The initial debate, which will focus on domestic policy, takes place on Wednesday at 9 p.m. (Eastern Time) in Denver, with PBS NewsHour host Jim Lehrer moderating. From PBS, here’s a preview of the debate. Even before the candidates meet on stage, both campaigns are furiously trying to …

A Debate on Our Issues? I’ll Drink to That!

As a lifelong political junkie, I’m looking forward to next week’s presidential debates like a sports fan looks forward to a playoff game. Now that I’m in my 50s, watching the televised debates won’t be quite the party occasion that it might have been 30-odd years ago, when friends and I would liven things up by taking a swig of beer every time one of the candidates mentioned the word “jobs” or “taxes.” Still, it should be fun to see …